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Leaving a Legacy to Al-Anon in Your Will

You’ve no doubt heard it said that Al‑Anon helps us become responsible for ourselves—including our finances. Yet seldom do we think of making a will in terms of responsibility. A will is a legacy to future generations. When

2023 International Convention—Day of Connecting

Going through my personal photo archive recently, I discovered a snapshot from the 2018 International Convention in Baltimore. In the photo, I am surrounded by my closest Al‑Anon friends. There are more than 30 beautiful, smiling faces—a family

An Enjoyable Life of My Own

The concept of detachment was baffling to me when I first stepped through the doors of Al‑Anon. Were these people asking me to change the way I thought and viewed the world, the way I’d learned as a

I Cannot Save Others from Drinking

After my fiancé died from progressive drinking, I begged God to let me die too. I had failed to save him, and I had failed his parents, who had said I was their last hope. Someone close to

Worthy of Protecting

By the time I came to Al‑Anon, I had given away so much of myself that I wasn’t even sure who I was anymore. I had forfeited my time, interests, needs, and self-worth, all in feeble efforts to

Can Members Buy Al-Anon Literature from Outside Entities?

Vitally important to clarify first is that the only place anyone can purchase Al-Anon’s ebooks and audiobooks is through certain electronic media providers. In return for their royalty fee, these providers handle all set-up, processing, and digital rights management,

Service Guidelines Updated!

Al‑Anon Guidelines represent the shared experience of Al‑Anon and Alateen members in various service roles and provide a wealth of helpful information for anyone involved in service. The Guidelines are compiled and published by the World Service Office

Where CAL Comes From

When I started attending Al‑Anon, I didn’t concern myself with where our literature came from. I was just grateful that members gave me a packet of it at my first meeting and that it provided the same kind,

Writing as an Act of Service

One of the ways the family disease of alcoholism shows up in my life is that, if I’m not paying attention, I can find myself ruminating. I get stuck on a hamster wheel of compulsive thinking, trying to

Loving My Daughter, Hating the Disease

After years in the Al‑Anon program without much recovery, I was finally able to accept Step One and admit my powerlessness over alcoholism with the help of my Higher Power. My denial had been deep, but last year

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